Posts Tagged ‘Palm-Pre-2’

Palm Pre 2 up for pre-order on O2, Orange and Vodofone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

HP announced version 2.2 of the webOS platform as well as version 3.0 which will power the TouchPad tablet and hopefully make it to webOS powered smartphones in the near future. But even with all this news, the second generation Pre is set for release on the UK’s three biggest networks.

The second generation device will feature version 2.0 of the webOS platform and not version 2.2 which will be powering the three new devices due out this summer. The Palm Pre 2 sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support and a slide out QWERTY keyboard just like the first generation Pre’s. There is integration for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networking websites and as usual you have access to the best multitasking platform on the market.

Rounding out the features are a built-in media player, 5 megapixel camera on the back (unfortunately no front facing cameras), HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Adobe Flash 10.1 with 16GB of internal storage. Sadly, for the second time, the SD card slot has been ditched in favor of design.

Look for the Pre 2 to be available on plans of £18.19/month or £22.98/month on a two-year contract with 300 included minutes, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data.

As for our thoughts, if you’re hell bent on getting a webOS device (and why not?) we’d hold our hard earned cash until we get some dates from HP on the Veer and Pre 3 which are expected to launch in the not so distant future and if rumors are correct, should be making a landing on our UK shores before the end of the year. Not only will the specs be bumped up to that of the current market offering, but it should feature webOS 2.2 as well.

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Mobile Digest: Today’s News in Quick Bites

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Samsung is being linked to two major Android related rumors. While the Nexus S rumors are already spreading out thanks to the recently leaked images, a new handset which is rumored to have next generation specs is said to be in the works for the Korean Phone maker.

Eyebrows are being raised as O2 UK has confirmed that the Palm Pre 2 will not be part of their lineup. Despite the fact that O2 UK has an exclusive deal with Palm regarding the distribution of the handsets locally.

HTC’s newest handset is supposedly a Verizon exclusive. Since the device mainly features 4G support, there is very little chance that the device will ever make it to UK shores. Still, one cannot help but hope since the same thing happened with the Motorola Milestone (known as the Motorola Droid in the US) which received a new name and eventually got distributed locally.

BlackBerry’s Facebook application is finally getting an update to support the new GPS Maps and Facebook Places feature for all RIM smart Phones.

RIM has also recently launched the BlackBerry Playbook. However tablets seem to be on the not-in-demand list for the UK gadget market. According to a recent study, many people are interested in having a touch screen tablet, but find the current prices too expensive to be practical. After all, many recognize the convenience of having a web browsing and media playing tablet, but with the Apple iPad and Galaxy Tabs’ current price tags, most would prefer to stick to their mobile devices instead. There are budget tablet devices that are available, but like the eTouch units, most only use older platforms like the Android 1.6 Donut.

Lastly, Vodafone UK is now offering the HTC Desire Z to its subscribers. The new Android from HTC sports a slide out QWERTY keyboard that will certainly delight smart phone users who rely heavily on messaging and social networking.

The Quick List of Today’s Top Mobile News

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

HTC is busy with its line of Windows Phone 7 mobile devices and while they seem to be pretty much on par with HTC’s Android phones, the Google OS still has some features that are better -such as free satellite navigation services. While it is unlikely that Microsoft would offer a similar service, the fact of the matter is that GPS support is important for many smart phone users –and considering that the Windows Phone 7 has plenty of GPS oriented tasks and features, this is a major consideration.

Tom Tom and HTC have teamed up to bring us a new user experience when it comes to navigation. The new system, focused heavily on the HTC Maps services in the new Sense UI, makes use of Tom Tom’s technology. The combination is promising to bring HTC Locations to a whole new level –and it will be a great fit on their WP7 handsets as well.

The Palm Pre 2 is officially launching and it will be featuring the new WebOS 2. Since the buyout of Palm by HP, many have been wondering what the future had in store from RIM’s former rival. There is certainly a lot of promise in the initial details of the WebOS 2, though we will have to wait until the Pre 2 is in our hands for testing. In the meanwhile, this is the perfect time to rejoice about the fact that HP is finally utilizing their smart phone resources.

HTC’s Desire HD is now officially available through many online sources and since the phone is not yet stocked in any brick and mortar locations, interested buyers will have to make their pick through the computer. The choices are as varied as the sources as the Desire HD is available in both SIM free and contract offers from various mobile networks. The best deal we have seen so far is from Vodafone UK which provides users with the handset for free under a 35 Pound monthly tariff.

Samsung Wave II, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Palm Pre 2

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Even with all the new updates regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets (the new Microsoft OS was just launched a day ago), smart phone manufacturers Samsung, RIM and HP are still up for pushing through with their own proprietary operating systems.

Samsung’s Bada OS has hit the one million mark just a few weeks back showing that the world still has room for yet another open source mobile platform. This success has led to the development of the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro smart phones –successors to the original Samsung Wave. The two phones are actually hardware downgrades meant to bring to expand the market range of the Bada OS to a lower tech bracket.

The Wave II on the other hand (mind the roman ordinal number as a specific designation) is a true successor to the original Samsung Wave as the II is actually a major hardware upgrade. The big question now is whether the new super LCD technology is actually going to be able to match the quality of the super AMOLED screen. As shown with the HTC Desire, SLCDs are good enough to replace standard AMOLED screens, but as for Samsung’s very own super AMOLED, that comparison has yet to be seen.

MVNO Virgin Media UK has confirmed that they will be offering Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Pearl 3G to their subscribers. There are a wide variety of 2 year contracts under Virgin that would get the phone for free. The only thing missing from Virgin Media is a ‘pay as you go’ deal, but T-Mobile UK has it.

It may have seemed like the Palm Pre 2 would have gotten canceled with the closing of Palm, but the HP buyout has led to a continuation of development. HP has released an online teaser about the Palm Pre 2 –confirming that the phone is still in the works though no launch date has been given. It is being stated that the device has since been upgraded from its initial specs.